Mouth guards protect the teeth from injury during contact sports. Most commonly used in boxing and football, mouth guards can also provide protection in a variety of other sports such as soccer, basketball, lacrosse, hockey, etc. Not only do they help prevent oral/facial injuries, mouth guards are currently being researched to decrease the rate of concussions. See sportsdentistry.com to find out more information on theories of how mouth guards may help with concussions.
There are 3 types of mouth guards; stock, boil and bite, and custom mouth guards made by a dentist.
Can mouth guards be used with braces? Definitely. A little more care is taken to avoid the brackets. They are highly recommended after braces because they adapt closer to the teeth.
The bottom line is that the main purpose of athletic mouth guards is to protect the teeth. With a lot of time and money being placed in the straightening of teenager's teeth, it's worth the small investment. We are entrusted as the team dentist for the Utah Blaze Arena Football Team since 2010. The high quality mouth guards we supply for the team are the same we provide for our patients. For teenager sports groups in the Salt Lake City area, we will discount the cost of a custom made mouth guard from $150 to $75. We also discount the custom mouth guard to $35 for current patients or new patients who schedule a cleaning and exam. Call us at 801-277-1412 for details.
*Joon Park, PhD, et al. First International Symposium on Biomaterials, Aug 1993.
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